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Won't go into windows, keeps restarting computer

We put a different hard drive in the computer and it does the same thing.

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  • chadwatkins1 Dec 25, 2008

    It is a Optiplex GX150

  • chadwatkins1 Dec 25, 2008

    It is a Optiplex GX150

  • chadwatkins1 Dec 25, 2008

    It is a Optiplex GX150

  • nickpower
    nickpower May 11, 2010

    please state what model dell you have. you might have to reset the bios to default settings.


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Its hard disk jumpersetting

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